A healthy and well fed Mutete.
With the drought continuing relentlessly in the Makindu area, access to food remains a big challenge. Unfortunately, most of the families in rural Kenya are now used to having only one meal per day. For many, that one meal comes from Makindu Children's Program. The daily meals offered at the Children's Centre have been very beneficial to hundreds of children who are able to walk there, ensuring that they receive proper nutritrion at least once a day.
Mutete is one of these children lucky enough to live within walking distance of the Centre. She comes daily for the meal and has been able to stay healthy and able to fight off viruses, disease and a host of other infections. With nutrition and health, Mutete has been able to attend school regularly. When she gets home from school, she is able to help her ailing grandmother with chores, including caring for her younger cousins. One good meal a day can save not just a child, like Mutete, but a whole household from misery and ill health.
For those children who live too far to walk to the Centre (and that would be 15 kilometers or more), they can enjoy a meal whenever they travel to Makindu to present at the clinic or hospital or need other services at the office. Most of our kids who are HIV+ take advantage of the meal at the Centre when they come into town for their monthly medical checkups and medications. Proper nutrition helps ensure that they can keep their HIV under control in conjunction with their anti-retrovirals.
Also for the children who live far from Makindu, a large community meal is served at our outreach sites quarterly, feeding 1,800 or more children and their families.
Thank you for helping Mutete and the other children eat and stay healthy!
Kids eat a nutritious meal under the shade tree.